About Us

Vision:

Park Central Development (PCD) is a 501 c3 community development corporation that works to strengthen and attract investment that creates and maintains equitable vibrant urban neighborhoods and commercial districts where people want to live, work and play. 

We do this through:

  • Community Engagement
  • Neighborhood Planning & Services
  • Major Infrastructure Projects & Improvements
  • Administration of Commercial, Business and Special taxing districts
  • Technical assistance to the investors to facilitate  private investment in the community

Values:

We believe that the way to create positive and lasting impact, throughout urban neighborhoods, is through continual professionalism, transparent decision making, and global sharing within the communities we serve.

Mission:

In partnership with community stakeholders, PCD works to strengthen and attract investment that creates and maintains vibrant neighborhoods and commercial districts in the City of St. Louis.

Our Story:

The Mission of Park Central Development is to build  safe, strong, vibrant, walkable,  equitable neighborhoods where people can live work and play. Formed in 2009, Park Central Development is a consolidation of the former Central West End Midtown Development Corporation, McRee Town CDC and the Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation. This merger allowed for greater staff capacity and streamlined services for the betterment of the 17th Ward, located in the central corridor of the City of St. Louis. 

In 2017, Park Central Development redefined its mission, core service area, and stabilization efforts in order to meet the greater community need of Bridging the Delmar Divide. We now serve as a Community Development Corporation (CDC) an estimated 25,000 residents in our core neighborhoods of Forest Park Southeast, Central West End, Fountain Park/Lewis Place and the Academy Sherman Park Neighborhoods. We serve an additional 25,000 residents  in seven others legacy neighborhoods through  contract services and technical assistance to community stakeholders. PCD provides and facilitates full service neighborhoods with additional amenities to fill service gaps. We also coordinate and facilitate, safety and security committees, parking districts, special taxing districts, housing and development, events and resident services to create safe, equitable and vibrant neighborhoods. 

In addition to our neighborhood stabilization efforts, PCD produces neighborhood events and street festivals of all scales within our neigborhoods. Some of our past events have included the River Front Times Music Showcase, IndiHop, our annual PCD “Bridging Communities” fundraiser and our most notable event, Grove Fest – which attracts over 30,000 attendees each year!